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  • Carolyn 'Mickey' Spellman Murphy

  • Carolyn "Mickey" Spellman Murphy, 83, of Newport, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Valley Health Services in Herkimer, surrounded by her loving family.

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  • Carolyn "Mickey" Spellman Murphy, 83, of Newport, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Valley Health Services in Herkimer, surrounded by her loving family.
    Mrs. Murphy was born in Herkimer on September 8, 1929, the daughter of the late Dean Morgan and Genevieve Clifford Spellman. She was united in marriage with the late Joseph E. (Fred) Murphy, Sr., on November 24, 1949, in Newport. Mr. Murphy died February 2, 2010.
    Mickey was a full-time mother and homemaker. She was best known for her cookies and caring attitude towards all who came into her life. She was previously employed at Borden's of Newport, Duofold of Ilion, and West Canada Valley Central School.
    She was Past President of the 5th District American Legion Auxiliary, Past President of Herkimer County American Legion Auxiliary and held numerous other offices at the County level and at West Canada Valley Unit 1524 American Legion Auxiliary. She was a 68 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Mickey was also a member of 8 & 40 Herkimer Salon and former member of both the Altar Rosary Society and Court Reardon #841 Catholic Daughters of the Americas at St. John's, Newport.
    She is survived by her eleven children and their families: Bridget Santa Maria and her husband, Joe, of Frankfort; Patricia Murphy of Syracuse; John and his wife, Deborah, of Newport; Timothy and his wife, Kim, of Williamsburg, VA; Joseph, Jr., and his wife, Lynn, of Newport; Mary Lou Flansburg of Newport; Matthew and his wife, Debra, of Jeffersonville, NY; Mark and his wife, Kimberly, of Callicoon, NY; Catherine Murphy of Johnstown; Margaret Schumacher and her husband, Keith, of Cold Brook; and Michael and his wife, Lisa, of Strasburg, VA; and also by 30 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
    She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Widay, of Herkimer; her sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Edward Falk, of Newport; her sister, Katherine "Katy" Wilson, of Herkimer; her brother, John Spellman and his companion, Phyllis Ruggerio, of Ilion; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Spellman, of Newport; and several nieces, nephews and godchildren.
    She was predeceased by her husband, Joe; an infant son; her brother, Robert; her brother-in-law, Jack Murphy and his wife, Mildred; her brothers-in-law, Michael Widay and Everett Wilson; her daughter-in-law, Katherine (Newman) Murphy; a granddaughter, Barbara Ellen Wilson; and a grandson, Kimberly Nelson Murphy.
    Calling hours will be held at the Autenrith Funeral Home, 7479 Main Street, Newport, NY, on Thursday, January 24, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John's Church, Newport, on Friday, January 25, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Leo F. Potvin officiating. Interment will take place in St. John's Cemetery, Newport.
    In lieu of flowers, donations in Carolyn's memory can be made to the Newport Volunteer Fire Company, 7370 Main Street, Newport, NY 13416 or St. John's Church Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 475, Newport, NY 13416. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home for both.
    Page 2 of 2 - Arrangements are under the direction of Autenrith Funeral Home (315) 845-8532 and Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home (845) 887-4900.
    Online tributes at www.autenrithfuneral.com.
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